Thursday March 21 2019
Italy: Kean to replace Chiesa?

Moise Kean is the favourite to replace injured Federico Chiesa in Italy’s trident attack against Finland, with Ciro Immobile and Federico Bernardeschi.

The Euro 2020 qualifier kicks off at 19.45 GMT on Saturday at the Dacia Arena in Udine.

Chiesa left the camp this afternoon, as he cannot recover in time from the muscular problem that had prevented him training for the last two days.

Alessandro Florenzi is also in doubt after pulling up with a left calf issue today.

With Lorenzo Insigne also injured, Coach Roberto Mancini has limited options for his trident attack.

Bernardeschi seems certain of his spot, with Immobile expected to play rather than veteran Fabio Quagliarella.

Juventus teenager Moise Kean was tested out in attack today with his Juventus teammate Bernardeschi.

Kean only turned 19 last month, but already has one senior Italy cap, playing for half-an-hour in the 1-0 friendly win over the USA in November 2018.

He seems to be the favourite rather than Inter's Matteo Politano.

If Florenzi doesn’t make it, then Valencia’s Cristiano Piccini is expected to step in to the right-back role.

Italy (4-3-3): G Donnarumma; Piccini, Bonucci, Chiellini, Biraghi; Barella, Jorginho, Verratti; Bernardeschi, Immobile, Kean